Welcome to The University of Maryland's
Office of International Affairs (OIA).

At the turn of the 20th century, Professor Woodrow Wilson said that every man sent out from a university should be a man of his nation as well as a man of his time. At the beginning of the 21st century, we can say that every person sent out from a university should be a person of the world as well as a person of his or her time.  Globalization is here, and with it, the globally connected university has arrived. -- UMD President Wallace D. Loh

The University of Maryland is a globally connected institution that places a high value on its worldwide reach and impact. UMD has over 300 formal partnerships with universities and governments overseas; its faculty hail from more than 130 countries; it is consistently named among the top 25 universities welcoming international students; and its President's Promise initiative strives to provide an international experience - whether via study abroad, an overseas internship, international service learning, or a campus-based intercultural learning program - for every UMD student. The further growth of UMD's international character and global connections is one of the three major initiatives established in its current Strategic Plan, Transforming Maryland: Higher Expectations.

OIA's mission is to enhance the international activities and character of UMD, by acting as the interface for students and faculty going abroad/coming to College Park; encouraging, advising, assisting, and coordinating the international components of UMD academic units, programs and initiatives; and organizing programming to internationalize the outlook of UMD students, faculty and staff, to ultimately bring the resources of UMD to the world.

OIA includes the following units:

News & Events

OIA launches new global grant programs

The Office of International Affairs has launched several new programs to support the university's internationalization goals.

  • The Global Classrooms Initiative will help UMD faculty to develop innovative, project-based courses that bring together UMD students and students from partner universities around the world using various digital technologies. (Deadline for applications: February 20, 2014).
  • The Global Partners-Faculty Travel Grants Competition will support UMD faculty travel to one or more existing UMD partner institutions to develop new collaborative projects and programs, or to improve the implementation of existing projects (Deadline for applications: March 25, 2014).
  • The Global Partners-Staff Travel Grants Competition will fund full-time UMD staff member visits to UMD partner institutions around the globe to acquire new ideas and learn "Best Practices" that might be implemented in the grantee’s area of work at UMD (Deadline for applications: March 25, 2014).
  • The Tel Aviv University – University of Maryland Joint Research Workshops program will help scholars at both institutions to identify complementary research strengths and explore potential collaborations (Deadline for Applications: April 30, 2014)

UMD Welcomed at the 8th Global Confucius Institute Conference in China

UMD President Wallace D. Loh attended the 8th Global Confucius Institute Conference held in Beijing, People’s Republic of China on December 7-8, 2013. He was joined by Chuan Sheng Liu, professor of physics and former director, Confucius Institute at Maryland (CIM); Donna Wiseman, professor and dean, College of Education and director, Confucius Institute at Maryland; and Jianxin Cui, deputy director, Confucius Institute at Maryland. Former UMD President Dan Mote, who launched the CIM in 2004, also attended the global conference. Click here for more details.


UMD Joins Universitas 21

The University of Maryland has expanded its global footprint, joining the leading international network of research universities, Universitas 21 (U21). UMD is one of only four U.S. universities in the network.
Read the press release


Global Semester in Washington, D.C.

  • Gain international experience without leaving the country.
  • Learn from the teaching and successes of expert practitioners in the field.
  • Intern at international organizations, agencies, embassies, and more.

Click here for more details.


Review the latest issue of Maryland International, the newsletter of the Office of International Affairs.

In this issue:

- UMD Students Respond to Global Hunger Challenge
- International Scholarship Honors Robert Ma's Legacy
- Expanding Horizons with Terrapin Take Off
- and much more!


View online edition